Smallmouth Strategies for the Fly Rod

Smallmouth Strategies for the Fly Rod

by Will Ryan, Chris Armstrong


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ISBN-13: 9781592283736
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2004
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Will Ryan teaches writing at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, and has been an ardent smallmouth angler since childhood. His articles have appeared in many outdoor magazines, including Outdoor Life, American Angler, and Fly Fisherman..

Chris Armstrong's illustrations have appeared in Bassmaster and Outdoor Life magazines.

Table of Contents

1Beginnings ...1
2A Sport Nevertheless9
3The Biological Bass21
4Principles of Smallmouth Fishing33
5The Right Stuff51
6Spring and Early-Summer Fishing65
7Imitating Aquatic Insects77
8Imitating Frogs, Mice, and Surface Minnows91
9Imitating Baitfish101
10Imitating Crayfish121
11Finding Smallmouths in Lakes, Reservoirs, and Major Rivers137
12Open-Water Patterns and Presentations149
13Closing Time169
Appendix AThe Best Smallmouth Waters183
Appendix BPatterns, Presentations, and Water Types Reference Charts189
Appendix CFly Patterns193

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Smallmouth Strategies for the Fly Rod 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
while this book explores ryan's years of experience and gives great information on deep water fly fishing (the st. lawrence river and new england lakes for the most part), it is more valuable for the care and research put into describing the smallmouth forage in lakes,rivers and streams. numerous data is listed from all areas of the country, and the historical aspect of smallmouth fishing that ryan incorporates can't be beat.I espescially liked his description of the first stocking of smallmouths in the upper potomac in 1856, by rail from ohio. the book is very scientific in some parts, but Ryan is also good at relating personal fishing stories and makes the book fun to read. he is also a good fly tier and reveals many personal favorites(i like the soft shell crayfish fly).